VIPorbit Secures Another $1 Million in Angel Funding
Editor’s Note: Since the issuance of this press release, the VIPsync Service is now available free of charge.
New Funds to Fuel Adoption of the First Family of Contact Management Products and Services for the Apple Community
DALLAS, TEXAS, September 24, 2013—VIPorbit Software International, Inc. (www.viporbit.com), the first-ever contact manager for the Apple desktop and device market, today announced a new $1 million investment in angel funding, bringing the total raised to date to $3.5 million. The round, which will be used to fund marketing for the company’s new family of contact management products and services, was led by co-founder Max J. Pucher and Dr. Harry R. Jacobson, Managing Partner at TriStar Technology Ventures and Vice Chancellor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, with participation by several of the company’s nine existing angel investors.
Founded in 2010, VIPorbit was designed to deliver a breakthrough contact management product for the Apple community. It was created by chief executive officer Mike Muhney, co-inventor of ACT!, the best-selling Windows contact management software that served as the catalyst for the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) industry in the 1980s (later acquired by Symantec). During the company’s first three years of business, it focused exclusively on product development and product excellence, bringing an iPhone and iPad version of its software to market. Last month, the company unveiled a complete family of products and services, which includes a redesign of both mobile apps, the introduction of VIPorbit® Contact Manager for Mac, VIPsync Service to keep desktop and devices in sync and up-to-date and Backup My Stuff, a free service to keep data safe and secure.
“Our goal for VIPorbit is to reinvent the way we manage relationships, with collaboration central to everything we do,” said Mr. Muhney. “As we continue to enhance our product family, our new investment will allow us to expand our marketing efforts, generate awareness and demand for VIPorbit across industries and establish a leadership role in this emerging category.”
The founding team of VIPorbit includes: Mr. Muhney; chief technology officer Max Pucher, who also serves as chief architect for ISIS Papyrus Software, an enterprise solutions company he founded in 1988; and Kristi Kuykendall, vice president of product management.
VIPorbit’s product line is designed to help contact-centric business professionals build better relationships and be more successful by providing a one-stop tool that allows them to track everything about everyone. That includes contact details, calendars, email and social media activity, tasks accomplished and more. When it debuted, VIPorbit Contact Manager for Mac was ranked as the #1 top-selling business app and the top-rated contact manager on the Mac App Store.
Pricing, Availability and Special Introductory Offer
VIPorbit Contact Manager for Mac is available on the Mac App Store at a Special Introductory price of $49.99 (Regular price $99.99)
VIPorbit for iPad is available on the App Store free to existing vipOrbit iPad customers or at the Special Introductory price of $9.99 for new
customers. (Regular price $29.99)
VIPorbit for iPhone is free on the App Store to new and existing customers.
VIPsync Service is required for real-time updates between Mac, iPhone and iPad and is available at https://www.myviporbit.com for $4.99/month or $45/year.
About VIPorbit Software
VIPorbit Software International, Inc., specializes in contact management apps that help business professionals build sustainable relationships that lead to greater success. VIPorbit is led by co-founder and CEO Mike Muhney, a recognized relationship management expert, who was the co-inventor of ACT!, which established the contact management category in 1987.
Kari Gates, Marketing Manager
VIPorbit is a trademark of VIPorbit Software International. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.